It's called the Spectre x360, and it's HP's new 13.3-inch notebook that the company said is its "most premium" convertible PC. Built with an aluminium chassis, the Spectre x360 is 15.9mm tall and weighs 3.3 pounds. It can switch between classic PC, tent, and tablet modes.
The new model comes out as more and more PC makers add hybrids to their hardware lineups in an effort to compete with tablets.
New hinges that contain a set of three spiral gears for precise movement help to ensure that the display will glide smoothly and stay where a user wants it, according to HP. This allows the machine to maintain the same profile in tablet mode that it has when it's closed.
"Customers are looking for beautiful devices that deliver quality, versatility and portability," said Mike Nash, vice president, portfolio strategy and customer experience, Personal Systems, HP. "The HP Spectre x360 is transformational as it has the productivity of a high end notebook, tablet mode for on the go, tent mode for play and stand mode for watching entertainment in a stunning ultra-thin device."
12.5 Hours of Battery
One of the Spectre x360’s selling points is a 56-watt-hour battery. To reach that level of battery life, HP reconsidered the biggest driver of battery drain, the high-resolution touch display. The touch panel on the HP Spectre x360 is optically bonded to the display, which the company said increases brightness and pulls each pixel up to the surface of the display.
On models with the Quad HD display, the HP Spectre x360 takes advantage of Panel Self Refresh technology which holds images on the screen to allow portions of the PC to power down when nothing on-screen is moving. The result is up to 12.5 hours of battery life.
The Spectre x360 has both a full-size HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 compatible ports so customers can access content across multiple screens, plus built-in Intel wireless display technology that owners can use to stream content to their TVs.
Improved Wireless Driver
To accommodate multiple devices and accessories, the HP Spectre x360 has three USB 3.0 ports. And with the HP USB Sleep and Charge, customers can use the HP Spectre x360 to charge their devices on the go even when they're in sleep mode.
The computer’s wireless driver is tuned to improve performance on noisy networks and across a wide range of wireless access points. The new antenna slot design featured at the top of the display allows for effective 2.4GHz and 5GHz tuning, in every mode.
The convertible PC is available with Intel Core i5 processor, HD touchscreen display, 4GB LPDDR3 system memory, and a 128 GB SSD for $899.99; with Intel Core i7, HD touchscreen, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD for $1149.99; and with Intel Core i7, Quad HD touchscreen, 8 GB RAM, and 512 GB SSD for $1399.99.
Accessories for the HP Spectre x360 are sold separately, including a HP Premium Leather Sleeve and HP Active Pen for writing, drawing, and navigation.